Player’s weekend is close at hand, and the nicknames have all been released, but who stands among the greatest nicknames in Chicago Cubs history?
If there’s one thing that the Chicago Cubs haven’t lacked over their long, storied history, it’s the bevy of terrific nicknames. They range from iconic, like Fergie and Ryno, to clever, like The Crime Dog and El Mago.
To rank all of these nicknames would be impossible, so I’m limiting the list to only ten entries. I’ve also set up several parameters to separate the best from the rest (in my opinion).
To start, I’m going to focus around nicknames that aren’t made from the player’s actual name. Unless it’s a unique playoff of their name or they have an interesting title (i.e., Grandpa Rossy). While this does leave off the likes of Fergie Jenkins and Mark Grace, it allows for all of the unique nicknames to shine through.
Second, I’m disregarding players who have only played a single year or less for the team. This leaves out the likes of Goose Gossage and Aroldis Chapman (as much as I love the nickname Cuban Missile), but it narrows the list down to the more tenured Chicago Cubs.
Finally, though this is more just to determine the order, I’ll give a bit more credit to nicknames that fit the kind of player the person was. With all of that out of the way, let’s take a look back at some of the greatest Chicago Cubs nicknames of all time.